The Oasis Reporters
September 12, 2018
By Moses Gbande
The Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC has announced October 10, 2018 as new date for the conduct of local government elections in the state.
The PLASIEC Chairman, Fabian Ntung disclosed this to newsmen Tuesday shortly after a closed door meeting with heads of Political parties at the commission’s headquarters in Jos.
Since the the All Progressives Congress, APC leadership in Plateau State, headed by Governor Simon Bako Lalong came on board in 2015, local government elections have remained a mirage, due to alleged security threats to the conduct of the exercise.
The last time PLASIEC fixed a date for the conduct of the election that never saw the light of day was on February 17, 2017.
With this new arrangement, the chairman said four local governments of Jos North, Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South would be exempted from participating in the exercise due to the current security situation in the area, saying that it is with the conviction that in no distant future, it will obtain security clearance to conduct elections in the affected local governments when adequate security would have been guaranteed in the area.
He mentioned areas where the election will take place in October however, to include Bassa, Bokkos, Jos East, Kanam, Kanke, Langtang North, Langtang South Mangu, Mikang, Pankshin, Qua’an-pan, Shendam and Wase.
The Commission had earlier cleared 725 Candidates to contest for Chairmanship and Councillorship from different political parties to contest the elections in the seventeen local governments in the state.
Ntung disclosed that at the end of 2017, 2, 145,507 voters were eligible, and would liaise with INEC to update the list, adding that non sensitive materials will in no distant future be transferred to local government PLASIEC offices in the state, in addition to the recruitment of adhoc staff.
He assured stakeholder in their electoral process of free, fair and transparent elections